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Fun with Beeswax

Well, it took over two years, but we finally went through all the lip balm we made in August of 2010. While the balm we made last time turned out really well, we always felt is was a tad on the hard side so we tweaked the recipe this year to make it easier to apply.

We used the basic same ingredients and supplies found in my previous post with the addition of some bergamot essential oil, and we even added a little honey to the mixture.


This time I went with 110 grams of beeswax and 60 grams each of the almond and jojoba oils. We also added a teaspoon of honey. Be sure to break up your wax into small pieces to help it melt quickly.



Here I am adding the oil while Gitanjali is so happy to be drying cutting boards.


Once the mixture completely melted, we added 2 mL of grapefruit essential oil and a few drops of the bergamot. Then you just pour into your empty tubes.


It cools pretty quickly and then you can scrape off the top layer of the balm.


Then you can cap them and slather your chapped lips with beeswax goodness!


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Balm Sunday

After much debate on what to do with my beeswax, we decided that lip balm was the way to go since we probably only had enough to make one sad looking candle. My mother supplied the necessary materials for my birthday (thanks Mom!), and after tracking down the necessary oils around town, we were in business.

Sweet Almond Oil
Jojoba Oil
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Tubes and Filling Tray from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Electronic Scale
Plastic Pipette

Step 1: Assemble all the ingredients together. We used 2 parts beeswax, 1 part sweet almond oil, 1 part jojoba oil. I only had 113 grams of beeswax, so I used 56 grams of almond oil and 57 grams of jojoba oil.

Lip Balm Materials

Step 2: Weigh the beeswax.

Weighing Beeswax

Step 3: Add the oils in the proper proportions. The extract gets added later after everything is melted.

Weighing Beeswax and Oils

Step 4: Boil a a pan of water and then reduce to a simmer. Place your separate container of beeswax and oil into the water and stir occasionally until the wax is melted. Remove from water and add your essential oil of choice. We used grapefruit essential oil and added 2 mL. We followed the ratios from Majestic Mountain Sage which is also a good online source for lip balm ingredients.

Melted Ingredients

Step 5: Pour mixture into filling tray after letting it cool for 5 minutes.

Pouring Mixture into Tubes

Step 6: Wait for the mixture to cool in the tubes.

Tubes of Lip Balm

Step 7: Scrape off excess lip balm.

Scraping off excess wax

Step 8: Remove tubes from tray and cap.

Finished Product

We found our lip balm to have a good grapefruit flavor but not overpowering. It is also a bit hard, but stays on your lips for a long time. Next time, we may increase our oil a bit to have a slightly softer lip balm, but overall we are pleased with the results. We ended up with 36 filled tubes, and I still have some wax in the freezer.

Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas?

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